May 13, 2012 4:37 pm
Had a crack at designing my new home. Appreciate if anyone can extend some feedback. Background to the project is:
Just acquired a block in High Wycombe, WA, 530 sq m.
Haven't picked a builder yet.
Our family don't spend much time outdoor so I'm trying to maximise the indoor space. I've exceeded the 50% max coverage by about 6 sq m, so I'm looking for ways to reduce some built area. I probably should reduce the size of the gym since for me working out is wishful thinking anyway!
I purposely placed Bed 1 and 2 facing the backyard to have some privacy and so that I can leave the blinds open all the time.
I was too lazy to draw doors, so the block arrows are actually doors...
I'm an engineer by training, hence the boring, square design!
Appreciate any feedback you can give!
Here is the link to the plan:
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May 13, 2012 4:57 pm
My intial response is to reduce the length of the living/dining by recessing the alfresco and also slicing 50cm off the length of the house-making the living/dining to 9m x 5m, gym 3.6 x 5.75, bath 1.9 x 4 and study 3x4m
The positioning of your daughters bedroom currently means that she either has to traverse the length of the house to access toilet facilities-or utilise your ensuite.
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May 13, 2012 7:21 pm
Dee , you have been doing this too long
I was thinking that the daughter was an infant being right next to the master, but even if that's the case would be well into a toddler by moving in time. Unless there are some circumstances we won't go into here.
Also is there a WC in that front bathroom, kind of spaced to be a wet room perhaps.
Good luck Dakr, I grew up around high wycombe, maida vale and good ole Forry High School, gone now tho, some weird ag training centre or something.
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May 13, 2012 7:52 pm
yes, dee is right. bed 2 is too far from a loo. (not a good idea)
I would make the gym into bed 2, so they are near the bathrooms and the gym near the master.
As you will be popping in there first thing in the morning, may as well be near you!! ha ha
just shorten the house a little and you will be able to fit it on the block. it is big anyway, losing 6 sq mets, means taking 50 cms off the end.
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May 14, 2012 12:05 am
Hi Dee, Echo & Kiwi,
I'm glad I stumbled across this forum and 'meet' people like you. Appreciate the feedback. I'll be going back to the drawing board, taking into account what you guys have suggested and looking at some other sample plans. My little girl is 3 yrs old at the moment but still wants sleep close to us. My thinking was that when she's older I'll swap her room with the study/Bed 3.
I might also need an additional room. We have guests/family sleeping over quite regularly.....
Stay tuned for updates!
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May 14, 2012 7:26 am
In that case, that is fine. Cos as a teenager, you want her no where near your room!
A small guest / hobby / kids playroom would be a good idea, if you can fit it somewhere, a multi purpose room
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May 14, 2012 10:29 am
You also might want more light in the kitchen. Many people put the sink near the window, but essentially having the kitchen in the middle of the house mean you always have to have a light on. Unless you get a skylight. Something to consider when placing the kitchen at least.
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Jun 12, 2012 11:56 pm
This is my second attempt... Appreciate any feedback you can give. Thanks heaps!
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-b9lZ ... kpEYUIyMU0
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Jun 13, 2012 1:01 am
Each living space (room) must have natural light and the percentage is 20% of the floor space must = light source. So your BH/SH/WC will have to have a large skylight i think. May want to move it between the bedrooms.
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Jun 13, 2012 6:37 am
The powder room seems a bit weird, maybe have the ensuite loo As a 2 way powder room, and shave off a little space? Seems weird sticking out so much. Have a shower/ vanity in ensuite then through a cavity door to a loo and small basin then a door out to hall/ dining room.
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Jun 14, 2012 11:33 pm
Thanks everyone for the feedback. Hi Dee, I've uploaded the plan to another link for you. This one should work:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/78419038@N ... hotostream
I'm now just consulting with a builder and hoping to get a quote soon. Hopefully it won't be too expensive. I wonder if they price it higher if it's your own design, or would if it be comparable to their standard designs of similar sizes...
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Jun 15, 2012 9:24 am
My comments are:
1) What is the block Orientation? Going by your design, it would appear to be at the rear of the property. This is very important.
2) Your garage appears to be built right on the boundary - I doubt that would be allowed. a 900 mm set back is usually required.
3) Do you want the garage protruding forward of the house and dominating the frontage?
4) Powder room doesn't fit in well.
I am an engineer too, and started out the way you did. I ended up engaging an architect to do my design, and he came up with something better than I could even imagine.
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Jun 15, 2012 10:55 am
seanr53- garages can be built on boudaries in most areas these days...it's called zero lot line.
Dakr-with your measurements as stated are you including the robes in those-or do you need to delete size to allow for said robes?
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Jun 17, 2012 10:29 pm
Thanks for the feedback.
seanr53 - the rear of the house, which has the biggest windows, is north facing. i don't mind the garage protruding as long as there is ample internal space.
dee - those measurements include the robe space, so actual room size would be smaller...
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